March 22 UP Sectoral Regents Forum: BOR & (Un)democratic Governance in UP

Posted on March 21, 2010

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The Office of the Student Regent, Office of the Faculty Regent and Office of the Staff Regent invite you to a UP Sectoral Regents’ Forum entitled

“THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND (UN)DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IN THE UNIVERSITY”

March 22, 2010, Monday, 1:00-5:00pm

at the Bulwagang Claro M. Recto, Faculty Center,  UP Diliman

Section 3 (Purpose of the University) of the 2008 UP Charter stipulates that the University’s function is to “(h) Provide democratic governance in the University based on collegiality, representation, accountability, transparency and active participation of its constituents, and promote the holding of fora for students, faculty, research, extension and professional staff (REPS), staff, and alumni to discuss non-academic issues affecting the University.”

However, democratic governance, or rather the undemocratic governance in the university has become a serious issue under the administration of UP President Emerlinda R. Roman. Already, two cases have been filed against the University: one by  Student Regent Charisse Bernadine Bañez and the other by PGH Director Dr. Jose Gonzales.

It is in this light that, the UP Sectoral Regents (Faculty, Staff, and Student Regent) are sponsoring a forum on

“THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND (UN)DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IN THE UNIVERSITY”

March 22, 2010, Monday, 1:00-5:00pm

at the Bulwagang Claro M. Recto, Faculty Center,  UP Diliman

Some of the governance issues to be discussed are: the UP Diliman University Council and the Board of Regents (BOR) on withdrawal of graduation of students found guilty of misconduct, the removal of student representation in the BOR, the removal of Dr. Jose Gonzales as PGH Director, the reappointment of the UP Mindanao Chancellor, the expired appointments of the three “Malacanang-appointed Regents and the lack of consultation in the BOR recommendation for new appointees; among others